Auferstanden aus Ruinen - we love Germany!

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Re: Auferstanden aus Ruinen - we love Germany!

Postby brynpoeth » 13 Aug 2018, 7:14pm

57 years ago today Berlin was divided by the Wall

1989 it was knocked down, +1 and special thanks to PotUS Reagan + Mr Gorbachev

We thought it was the End of History and things would get better and better :wink:
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Re: Auferstanden aus Ruinen - we love Germany!

Postby djnotts » 13 Aug 2018, 8:28pm

brynpoeth wrote:57 years ago today Berlin was divided by the Wall

1989 it was knocked down, +1 and special thanks to PotUS Reagan + Mr Gorbachev

We thought it was the End of History and things would get better and better :wink:


Depends who you include in "We". History doesn't end and things never get better for the masses (until the revolution, which I no longer even think possible never mind inevitable - to what can the apostate Marxist-Leninist turn?).

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Re: Auferstanden aus Ruinen - we love Germany!

Postby brynpoeth » 26 Aug 2018, 8:07pm

The government in Berlin invited citizens to an open weekend, 14 ministries and the Bundeskanzleramt participated, 130 000 citizens attended, +1

Does the May regime do anything like that?
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Re: Auferstanden aus Ruinen - we love Germany!

Postby Ben@Forest » 28 Aug 2018, 12:41pm

brynpoeth wrote:The government in Berlin invited citizens to an open weekend, 14 ministries and the Bundeskanzleramt participated, 130 000 citizens attended, +1

Does the May regime do anything like that?


Well if you shut your shops at 3pm on Saturday and keep them closed on Sunday you've got to find something else to do :wink: (I know shopping hours have relaxed somewhat since I lived in Germany in the 90s).

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Re: Auferstanden aus Ruinen - we love Germany!

Postby brynpoeth » 28 Aug 2018, 12:47pm

Ben@Forest wrote:
brynpoeth wrote:The government in Berlin invited citizens to an open weekend, 14 ministries and the Bundeskanzleramt participated, 130 000 citizens attended, +1

Does the May regime do anything like that?


Well if you shut your shops at 3pm on Saturday and keep them closed on Sunday you've got to find something else to do :wink: (I know shopping hours have relaxed somewhat since I lived in Germany in the 90s).

Yes, in Germany Sunday is still special, +1 :wink:
At train stations food stores may open Sundays, quite a few other food stores open 7oo-23oo
Germany does change, but slowly
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Re: Auferstanden aus Ruinen - we love Germany!

Postby Ben@Forest » 28 Aug 2018, 1:07pm

brynpoeth wrote:Yes, in Germany Sunday is still special, +1 :wink:
At train stations food stores may open Sundays, quite a few other food stores open 7oo-23oo
Germany does change, but slowly


It's interesting that when re-unification happened East Germans found their shopping hours suddenly drastically shortened!

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Re: Auferstanden aus Ruinen - we love Germany!

Postby brynpoeth » 28 Aug 2018, 1:15pm

Ben@Forest wrote:
brynpoeth wrote:Yes, in Germany Sunday is still special, +1 :wink:
At train stations food stores may open Sundays, quite a few other food stores open 7oo-23oo
Germany does change, but slowly


It's interesting that when re-unification happened East Germans found their shopping hours suddenly drastically shortened!

I thought I was a DDR expert but I did not know that :? Waiting times became shorter too mind

Now the East is shiny and new, Rostock is in a better condition than Luebeck for example
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Re: Auferstanden aus Ruinen - we love Germany!

Postby Pastychomper » 29 Aug 2018, 10:18am

I've enjoyed this thread. I've learned that as well as being generally friendly and good at engineering, Germany is football-mad, possessed of some excellent foods, and plagued by bureaucracy.

It's starting to sound a lot like northern England. I wonder which area speaks better English... :lol:
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Re: Auferstanden aus Ruinen - we love Germany!

Postby brynpoeth » 29 Aug 2018, 10:23am

Pastychomper wrote:I've enjoyed this thread. I've learned that as well as being generally friendly and good at engineering, Germany is football-mad, possessed of some excellent foods, and plagued by bureaucracy.

It's starting to sound a lot like northern England. I wonder which area speaks better English... :lol:

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Re: Auferstanden aus Ruinen - we love Germany!

Postby brynpoeth » 29 Aug 2018, 5:55pm

Oh no, there are some ugly goings-on in Karl-Marx-Stadt/Chemnitz

Another big demo is planned but the cops have been warned, they will doubtless be present in such great numbers that one is safer or feels safer to be near the demo :?
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Re: Auferstanden aus Ruinen - we love Germany!

Postby Ben@Forest » 30 Aug 2018, 3:55pm

brynpoeth wrote:Oh no, there are some ugly goings-on in Karl-Marx-Stadt/Chemnitz

Another big demo is planned but the cops have been warned, they will doubtless be present in such great numbers that one is safer or feels safer to be near the demo :?


I'm going on my hols to Germany at the w/e. Looking forward to currywurst, good beer, Eiscafe, slightly rude and objectionable Germans, fastidious opening hours, no lawnmowers on Sunday and of course always road parking in the direction of traffic...

It's a while (8 years) since I've been so I'll see how my ever creakier German is understood. Brexit will be interesting - I think there'll be a lot of disappointment as we were/are one of the thriftier nations Germany could depend on in hard financial wrangling but I expect to hear a lot more 'We shouldn't be in the Euro/supporting the Greeks'' more than most here would think - don't start that here - go to the other thread!

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Re: Auferstanden aus Ruinen - we love Germany!

Postby brynpoeth » 30 Aug 2018, 4:07pm

Ben@Forest wrote:
brynpoeth wrote:Oh no, there are some ugly goings-on in Karl-Marx-Stadt/Chemnitz

Another big demo is planned but the cops have been warned, they will doubtless be present in such great numbers that one is safer or feels safer to be near the demo :?


I'm going on my hols to Germany at the w/e. Looking forward to currywurst, good beer, Eiscafe, slightly rude and objectionable Germans, fastidious opening hours, no lawnmowers on Sunday and of course always road parking in the direction of traffic...

It's a while (8 years) since I've been so I'll see how my ever creakier German is understood. Brexit will be interesting - I think there'll be a lot of disappointment as we were/are one of the thriftier nations Germany could depend on in hard financial wrangling but I expect to hear a lot more 'We shouldn't be in the Euro/supporting the Greeks'' more than most here would think - don't start that here - go to the other thread!

Please report back, where are you going? Read Bild Zeitung if you want to know what The People are thinking :wink:
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Re: Auferstanden aus Ruinen - we love Germany!

Postby Ben@Forest » 30 Aug 2018, 4:13pm

brynpoeth wrote:Lovely grey overcast weather by the Baltic today


Flying to Hamburg, rental car - Lubeck - into Mecklenburg Vorpommern for a week's wandering (by car) then back to Hamburg for three nights - home.

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Re: Auferstanden aus Ruinen - we love Germany!

Postby pliptrot » 2 Sep 2018, 4:37am

brynpoeth wrote:
Ben@Forest wrote:
brynpoeth wrote:The government in Berlin invited citizens to an open weekend, 14 ministries and the Bundeskanzleramt participated, 130 000 citizens attended, +1

Does the May regime do anything like that?


Well if you shut your shops at 3pm on Saturday and keep them closed on Sunday you've got to find something else to do :wink: (I know shopping hours have relaxed somewhat since I lived in Germany in the 90s).

Yes, in Germany Sunday is still special, +1 :wink:
At train stations food stores may open Sundays, quite a few other food stores open 7oo-23oo
Germany does change, but slowly
Everything happens in Germany slowly. It is is to the chagrin of the British that we are no longer the engine room of Europe.

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Re: Auferstanden aus Ruinen - we love Germany!

Postby brynpoeth » 11 Sep 2018, 3:50pm

I love Germany because Butterstollen, delicious fruity Christmas cake, will be in the shops next week
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